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Deena Winter

Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.

Minneapolis City Council cuts police budget for new public safety approach; Frey says he may veto

By: - December 7, 2020

The City Council voted Monday to divert millions in programming and staff out of the Police Department to focus on crime prevention and alternative public safety approaches. The council voted 7-6 to allow attrition to reduce the police force to 750 officers in 2022, a cut of nearly 16% — a major victory for anti-police […]

Ex-wife of Minnesota GOP communications director Jack Tomczak granted restraining order against him

By: - December 7, 2020

A judge granted a restraining order Friday against John “Jack” Tomczak, communications director for the Minnesota Republican Party. Careen Holly Martin, Tomczak’s ex-wife, was first granted a temporary harassment restraining order this summer after alleging Tomczak stalked, surveilled, harassed and threatened her. The couple divorced in December 2018. Tomczak was ordered not to have contact […]

Minneapolis continues contentious debate over future of police

By: - December 3, 2020

Mayor Jacob Frey, the Minneapolis City Council and key community groups are divided over the direction of the Police Department amid a crime wave, pandemic-induced recession and historic racial reckoning after the police killing of George Floyd.  Under the sway of defund police activists in the wake of Floyd’s death, the City Council  was unanimous […]

Frey, Arradondo clash with influential council members over police overtime, future of Minneapolis Police Department

By: - December 1, 2020

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo are sharply at odds with City Council President Lisa Bender over cutting rising police overtime costs as the council finalizes a 2021 budget — amid an exodus of police officers and rising crime.  The Minneapolis Police Department spent $8.8 million on police overtime through October, exceeding […]

Emergence of ‘Mort’ draws scrutiny of race where pot candidate pulled votes

By: - November 25, 2020

The sudden emergence of Rep.-elect Erik Mortensen, R-Shakopee, this week when he invited the attorney general and governor to a pandemic-defying party has drawn new scrutiny of the suburban election he narrowly won over Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Brad Tabke. A potential spoiler in the race: Ryan Martin, a 23-year-old pot party candidate who garnered 1,706 votes, […]

Mike Lindell says he didn’t mean for his $50,000 donation to help bail out Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse

By: - November 23, 2020

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is considering a 2022 run for governor of Minnesota, says he didn’t mean to contribute $50,000 to the bail fund of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Illinois boy charged with fatally shooting two men and wounding another during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse has since become a hero of white supremacists […]

Oh Sheila! GOP activist urges people to surveil Dem lawmakers

By: - November 23, 2020

A Republican activist and former House candidate from Eden Prairie is urging people on Twitter to surveil Democratic lawmakers to make sure they’re following the governor’s pandemic guidance. Former Republican candidate Sheila Kihne (who calls herself “Tim Walz Lies” on Twitter) tweeted “PLEASE take a look at any DFL legislators in your neck of the […]

Democratic operatives: Protests following George Floyd’s death helped elect Biden

By: - November 20, 2020

George Floyd’s death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer caused protests and then riots and a once-in-a-generation racial reckoning. And it may have caused something else: The election of Joseph R. Biden to the presidency. That’s the view of Tom Bonier, a veteran Democratic political strategist and chief executive officer of TargetSmart. When […]

Prosecutors say Chauvin kept his knee on teenager’s back for 17 minutes in 2017, while the boy said ‘I can’t breathe’

By: - November 17, 2020

Prosecutors of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd filed a memorandum on Monday to introduce body camera footage showing a similar incident in 2017. They say the body cam video shows Derek Chauvin hitting a 14-year-old boy in the head with a flashlight twice before kneeling on his back for 17 […]

Charter Commission recommends rejecting Minneapolis City Council police plan. What now?

By: - November 12, 2020

While Minneapolis residents were turning out in droves and then riveted by election results last week, the city’s unelected Charter Commission voted 14-0 Wednesday to reject a City Council proposal to radically overhaul the Police Department and send the plan to voters for approval.  But that doesn’t mean the council’s idea is dead because the […]

Gov. Walz announces new COVID-19 restrictions as surge strains hospitals

By: and - November 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday announced tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants and social gatherings as Minnesota continues what could be its bleakest month of the pandemic so far. Starting Friday night, bars and restaurants will have to end in-person service from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. and can have no more than 150 people in […]

Gov. Tim Walz to announce tighter COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants and gatherings

By: - November 10, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz will try to clamp down on coronavirus by announcing tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants, weddings, funerals and private gatherings Tuesday. Beginning Friday, bars and restaurants will have to end wait service at 10 p.m. and limit seating, and weddings will be capped at 50 people beginning Nov. 27 and 25 people beginning […]